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Study humanities at WEA Sydney in a relaxed and social environment, and central CBD location. Easily accessible by public transport, our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors, and offer you great value for money.


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Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone North Walk

Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay. Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. One cluster of such buildings is located along Bridge St at the Northern end of the CBD. Not only are these buildings architecturally impressive and showcasing fascinating features, but many interesting stories are attached to the people planning, constructing and using them. Join Jo Gerk on a leisurely two hour stroll of discovery around... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone North Walk

<strong><em>Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. One cluster of such

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$38 Limited inc GST
Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone North Walk

<strong><em>Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. One cluster of such

...
$38 Limited inc GST
Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone North Walk

<strong><em>Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. One cluster of such

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Artful Deceptions - The Mechanics of Fiction

Virginia Woolf once famously pondered, “Why should a real chair be better than an imaginary elephant?” This course confronts works of literature across time and contexts to consider the truth-telling force of representation in all its peculiarity. We’ll sit Homer beside Hamsun and question the voice of God, ask Joyce if characters can ever really ‘exist,’ and understand how Flaubert’s cat can yawn for as long as a sunset. Good fiction is magical, but it’s more sleight-of-hand than... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
Artful Deceptions - The Mechanics of Fiction

<p>Virginia Woolf once famously pondered, “Why should a real chair be better than an imaginary elephant?” This course confronts works of literature across time and contexts to consider the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Re-writing the Past? Counter-Factual Debates about Crucial Events

What is the point of speculating about the past? Why even try to ‘rewind history’? Why, that is, attempt to refight battles of the past or reconstruct events? A number of eminent scholars (Richard J Evans, Niall Ferguson, Philip Tetlock, John Elster, etc, see below) have pressed the point that ‘opening up the past’ does indeed offer significant promise to enhance our understanding of key events in history; for example - After their loss at the Battle of Midway, could the Japanese... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Re-writing the Past? Counter-Factual Debates about Crucial Events

<p>What is the point of speculating about the past? Why even try to ‘rewind history’? Why, that is, attempt to refight battles of the past or reconstruct events? A number of eminent scholars (Richard

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After 'Mutti': Quo Vadis Germania?

After 18 years at the helm of the Christian Democratic Union, and following recent losses in State elections in Bavaria and Hesse, Angela Merkel decided not to recontest the party leadership at the next Federal party convention in December. The race for her succession is currently wide open and it is anybody’s guess as to who will end up as the next party chairperson next month. After the dust will have settled, we take a look at what this change is likely going to mean for the... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
After 'Mutti': Quo Vadis Germania?

After 18 years at the helm of the Christian Democratic Union, and following recent losses in State elections in Bavaria and Hesse, Angela Merkel decided not to recontest the party leadership at the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Introduction to Family History

The Course provides a basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites and teaches an organised approach to searching and recording. The course encourages students to use state and local libraries and genealogical organisations. SUGGESTED READING Nick Vine Hall, (1994 ) Tracing Your Family History in Australia: A Guide to Sources, Victoria,... [More]
$225 Limited inc GST / $203
Introduction to Family History

<p>The Course provides a basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of

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Crime Without a Name: Genocide in the 20th Century

In August 1941, Winston Churchill informed the British people in a radio broadcast that “We are in the presence of a crime without a name.” He was referring to the destruction of European Jewry, a crime which we now know as the Holocaust. In this course we examine the history of three genocides: the Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide and the Rwandan genocide. Over three weeks, and six classes, this course will explore the ongoing legacy of these three catastrophic events primarily... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Crime Without a Name: Genocide in the 20th Century

<p>In August 1941, Winston Churchill informed the British people in a radio broadcast that “We are in the presence of a crime without a name.” He was referring to the destruction of European Jewry, a

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Bringing History to Life: Cold War Cinema

We bring history to life through an exploration of five films reflecting the peak of the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s. Excerpts of each of the selected films will be shown and students will receive reviews of the movies. We will then explore and discuss these films in the political context of the Cold War and the worldwide struggle for supremacy between the USA and the Soviet Union. COURSE OUTLINE The Third Man (1949) - A classic mystery Cold War thriller of treachery and... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Bringing History to Life: Cold War Cinema

<p>We bring history to life through an exploration of five films reflecting the peak of the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s. Excerpts of each of the selected films will be shown and students will

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

A Morning with Catherine de Medici

Few Queens of France are as controversial as Catherine de Medici, born of merchant stock, and elevated to the highest position at the court of France through her marriage to the future Henry II. Her intelligence and her energy were boundless, her passion for her family and her appetite for revenge also knew few bounds. As regent for her three younger sons, Catherine provide a stabilising influence in the interminable Wars of Religion, which pitted Catholic against Protestant and... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
A Morning with Catherine de Medici

<p>Few Queens of France are as controversial as Catherine de Medici, born of merchant stock, and elevated to the highest position at the court of France through her marriage to the future Henry II.

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What is "Knowledge"?

What is “knowledge”? What does it mean to ‘know’, and how do we know that we really know? How can we be sure that our beliefs are ‘true’, and that our justifications are truly justificatory? Plato’s characterisation as “justified true belief” leaves many questions unanswered; this course is a fresh look at answering them. SUGGESTED READING D. M. Armstrong: A Theory of Universals (Cambridge: CUP, 1978) A. J. Ayer: Language, Truth and Logic (Penguin, 1990) A. J. Ayer: The Problem of... [More]
$92 Limited inc GST / $83
What is "Knowledge"?

<p>What is “knowledge”? What does it mean to ‘know’, and how do we know that we really know? How can we be sure that our beliefs are ‘true’, and that our justifications are truly justificatory?

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

A Visit to the Historic Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley offered the early colony an abundance of natural resources, including red cedar, coal, lime, salt and fertile land for agriculture. Explore Newcastle’s founding and then visit historic villages, vineyards and their heritage from the comfort of your chair. SUGGESTED READING Macquarie’s Kingdom – Almis Simankevicius, Good Walking Books, 2004 The Wines & History of the Hunter Valley – James Halliday & Ray Jarrett, 1999 COURSE OUTLINE The founding of Newcastle Tour of... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
A Visit to the Historic Hunter Valley

<p>The Hunter Valley offered the early colony an abundance of natural resources, including red cedar, coal, lime, salt and fertile land for agriculture. Explore Newcastle’s founding and then visit

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.